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Name: Chico Science  
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Date of Birth: 19th June 1966
Place of Birth: Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil
Profession: Composer
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Chico Science

Chico Science (Francisco de Assis França) was a Brazilian singer and composer and one of the founders of the Mangue Bit cultural movement. He was killed in a car crash in February 2, 1997 at the age of 30.

Born in the Rio Doce neighbourhood of Olinda in Brazil's Northeast, as a little boy he would sell crabs that he caught himself in the city's mangrove swamps.

He became the lead singer and major creative driving force of a Mangue Bit band called Chico Science & Nação Zumbi (CSNZ). Influenced by such musicians as James Brown, Grandmaster Flash and Kurtis Blow, their music cleverly fused rock, funk, hip hop and rap with maracatu and other traditional rhythms of Brazil's Northeast. Chico had a powerful stage presence that was compared by some to that of Jimi Hendrix.

Before CSNZ, Chico was a member of the bands Orla Orbe and Loustal (the latter named after the French comic book artist and cartoonist Jacques de Loustal).

Around 1991, Chico Science, along with singer Fred 04, founded the Mangue Bit cultural movement in response to dire economic and cultural stagnation in Recife and Olinda. CSNZ made their US debut at Central Park SummerStage in 1995, opening for Gilberto Gil, with whom he collaborated during the encore. While in NY, they also performed additional shows at CBGB's, SOB's and at Bryant Park as part of the JVC Jazz Festival, on a bill with the Ohio Players.

Nação Zumbi have continued to record and tour internationally since Chico's passing.

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